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EU Creates Trading Opportunities by Increasing Quotas, Eliminating Customs Duties for Certain Industrial and Agricultural Imports

14 July 2017

On 27 June 2017, the EU’s Official Journal published Council Regulation 2017/1133 amending Regulation 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the EU for certa...Read More

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ECHA Launches Investigation into “PAH” Limits for All Kinds of Consumer Goods, from Textile Products and Footwear to Toys and Childcare Articles

14 July 2017

On 1 June 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence in respect of a substance that can be found in toys, childcare articles and several other consumer goods. ECHA has sta...Read More

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Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to Advocate General’s Opinion

14 July 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent opinion delivered by the EU Advocate General, in which he considers that importers should be allowed to retrospectively demonstrate to national cust...Read More

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Official Guidance on ‘Restrictions’ Responds to Questions Concerning Chemicals Banned in Toys, Childcare Articles and Textile Products, Among Others

14 July 2017

On 7 June 2017, it was announced that, in collaboration with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has prepared several new “Q&As” as guidance on restrictions listed in Annex X...Read More

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Penalty Introduced for Non-compliance of German Retailers Regarding WEEE Take-back Obligation

14 July 2017

As of 1 June 2017, a violation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) take-back obligation by retailers has become an offence in Germany. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency can impo...Read More

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European Commission Sees Need for Action in the Field of Consumer Rights Enforcement and Distance Sales as a Result of EU Consumer Law Review

14 July 2017

On 29 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the results of its review of EU consumer law (the Fitness Check). The Fitness Check analyses EU consumer law and suggests improvem...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

14 July 2017

On 8 July 2017, The Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1238 making imports of certain corrosion resistant steels originating in the Chinese mainland subject to registra...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

14 July 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1232 of 3 July 2017 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (gully tops and manhole tops)....Read More

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EU Lawmakers Adopt Negotiating Position on New Trade Defence Methodology, Agreeing to Further Toughen Anti-dumping Rules

30 June 2017

On 20 June 2017, EU lawmakers arrived at a decision on the position of the European Parliament for negotiating with all EU governments on the new rules concerning the calculation of anti-dumping dutie...Read More

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European Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly in Favour of Energy Labelling Reform

30 June 2017

On 13 June 2017, members of the European Parliament voted in favour of recalibrating the scale for energy efficiency product labels. The measure was approved by 535 votes to 46, with 79 abstentions. H...Read More

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Phenol Restricted in Toys for Toddlers Under 36 Months of Age

30 June 2017

On 4 May 2017, Commission Directive 2017/774 was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The Commission Directive amends Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament ...Read More

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EU Restricts Substance ‘PFOA’ Used in Textile Products, Among Others

30 June 2017

On 14 June 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1000 adding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. Hong Kong traders may recall that PFOA had b...Read More

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Pressure on European Authorities over Product Durability and Reparability

30 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) argued for the EU to improve product durability by setting minimum standards for product lifespans, starting with components. The agency has...Read More

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EU Pilot Project Compares Environmental Footprint of “Green” Products

30 June 2017

Hong Kong traders may be aware that currently there are over 400 different “green” product labels in use throughout Europe. These labels are based on different methods of certification, without a sing...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

30 June 2017

On 23 June 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of Low Carbon Ferro-Chrome. The European Commission has received a complaint all...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

30 June 2017

Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of Low Carbon Ferro-Chrome originating in the People's Republic of China, Russia and Turkey....Read More

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New Deadlock in EU Trade Defence Reform

16 June 2017

As the EU’s legislative process for trade defence reform moves into the hands of the European Parliament, a new impasse has arisen. The vote of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Researc...Read More

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Toy Manufacturers to Face Reduced Migration Limit of Hazardous Chemical Bisphenol A

16 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the European Commission published Directive 2017/898 amending framework Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards Bisphenol A...Read More

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EU Initiates Formal Antitrust Proceedings Against Major Clothing Brand and Retailer

16 June 2017

On 6 June 2017, the European Commission, which is responsible for establishing and enforcing a policy in coherence with the competition law framework for the European Union, initiated formal proceedin...Read More

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Laws Regulating All Types of Medical Devices Published in Official Journal

16 June 2017

Two new Regulations laying down rules on the marketing of medical devices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. These are Regulation 2017/745 on medical devices (the ‘MD R...Read More

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